Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Carla Kerr Celebrates Birthday 78

Beautiful birthday bouquet from daughter, Lynne
Carla and Doug celebrating her 78th birthday at Grill 49
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Carla (Crittenden) Kerr, author, playwright, actor, COPE (Center Of Protective Environment) Board Member, Theatre Guild President of the Rohovec Theatre on the Hill at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and wife of Douglas Kerr recently celebrated her 78th birthday. Douglas took her to the fabulous Grill 49 in Tularosa, New Mexico for a lovely birthday dinner.

If you haven't been there, you need to go! The food is excellent and quite different from the usual bill of fare in these parts. The restaurant is colorful, filled with light, and beautifully appointed. Fabulous art hangs on the walls created by local talent and it is for sale. The location is formerly known as The Tulle Cafe at 313 Granado Street and you will be delighted with the improvements in decor as well as food. They also have a Champagne Brunch on Sundays starting at 10:30am and ending at 2:30pm. Live music is offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Carla, the birthday girl
Carla, enjoying her creme brulee dessert

Red Hatters Visit Tularosa Basin Historical Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Members of New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico enjoyed exploring the Tularosa Basin Historical Museum. This is indeed a first class operation and represents so much of the history of the area. It is beautifully appointed and the exhibits are professionally displayed making this a delightful outing.

Afterward, they went to Cowboy's Steak House for lunch. The food was excellent and the conversation stimulating and FUN! The girls played "Happy Birthday" on their kazoos to Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr and gave her gifts and cards in celebration.

Karen and Dorothy E.
VQ Donna and Alice
The lady at the museum volunteered to take this group shot. It took a while because she made sure everyone could be seen.
Flo conversing with Karen
VQ Donna taking a breather along with Alice
Dorothy E. with Darla
Margaret and Flo
Margaret trying to figure out how to wrap her mouth around this burger
L to R: Lynne, Margie and Alice
VQ Donna and Rosanna Heath, our transferee from Roswell, New Mexico
As you can see, Margaret managed that burger just fine!
Flo, and Dorothy E. got caught chowing down
Darla wearing her hat with some pizzazz!
Just a grab shot of the group at lunch
Thanks, Doug, for taking my picture before I left to join the others.
This was a really FUN outing and we all agreed that we need to go back because there is just so much to see in this marvelous museum that we wore out before we really took it all in.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter Red Hatters Enjoy Games Day

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Members of New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico enjoyed playing games of "Farkle" and "Racko" on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the home of their Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr.

It was decided that "Racko" would henceforth be known as the "Dorothy Smith" Game because she won every round. Everyone brought sack lunches and tea, coffee and a delicious (they said it was anyway) dessert of peach cobbler were provided by Queen Ladybird. Much enjoyable conversation ensued and everyone had a grand time. Members were provided bags to gather peaches from the tree to take home with them.

Dorothy E. and Dorothy S. in deep conversation
Lu and Trudy looking sparkly
L to R: Queen Ladybird aka Carla, Dorothy E., Dorothy S. and Jean
L to R: Jan signing cards for the ailing and birthdays, Lu and Trudy
L to R: Trudy w/back to us, Karen T. and Jan visiting
Dorothy S. and Dorothy E. (standing)
L to R: Queen Ladybird making room for the game by moving snacks around, Dorothy E. and Dorothy S.
We are all intensely concentrating, learning this new game of "Racko"
L to R: Lu, Trudy, Karen T., Jan and Jean trying to remember how to play "Farkle"
Finally got it figured out and "They're off"
L to R: Carmen joined us, Queen Ladybird, Dorothy E. and Dorothy S.
Our Vice Queen Donna had company and came in late, but doesn't she look wonderful, especially wearing that hat she made!
The game playing continues with gusto
Jean is the score keeper while VQ Donna and Lu look on
By this time, we had decided to name this game the "Dorothy Smith" Game
Cute shot of Trudy
Almost too soon, it is time to go. L to R: Dorothy S., Queen Ladybird and Karen T.
Queen Ladybird and Karen T.
The two Dorothy's plotting something together (here is a peek at my latest acrylic painting setting between them)
We had such a FUN time and will be doing this again. We try to have a games day at least every other month. We are hoping it stretches our brains by learning new games.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for his very capable photography.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alamogordo Public Land Rally

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Members of the Democratic Party of Otero County (DPOC) gathered at the Southeast corner of Tenth Street and White Sands Boulevard to protest in favor of keeping public lands public through the efforts of the United States Forest Service.

An organization called "Stand By Me For Liberty" was joined by a local group of ranchers and Republicans speaking out against the United States Forest Service on the Northwest corner of White Sands Boulevard and Tenth Street.

There were many colorful signs carried by both groups espousing their arguments for and against. Also supporting the DPOC group was Democrat Merrie Lee Soules who is running for Congress against Republican incumbent Steve Pearce. Merrie Lee strongly believes we need to protect our public lands not only for New Mexico, but for the entire nation.

Also attending was Democratic State Senator Bill Soules (Merrie Lee's brother) who was instrumental in helping get the Organ Mountains designated as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. He had the honor of going to Washington and meeting with President Obama when this designation was made. Soules said, "I'm hoping the general public will pay close attention and the public will choose the federal government role as protecting this legacy for all of us, not just a few, but for the many."

Rancher Jeff Swanson said, "I believe if these lands are transferred to the states and counties, they will soon be privatized and sold. They will go to rich corporations, they will go to rich global investors and the American public will be locked out. I think it is crucial to protect our national heritage by fully funding the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of Interior, the BLM, the local fire agencies including the fire departments, county and state fire departments - so that we have the resources to care for this land."

Nadia Sikes, DPOC Chair, creating another sign
Denise Lang, running for State Representative New Mexico House District 51 with her campaign dog
Karen Hutchison carrying on with her protest
Rancher and Democratic activist Jeff Swanson
Donna Swanson expressing her views
Rosanna Heath doing her bit to save our public lands
Nadia Sikes with her newly created sign
Another shot of Rosanna
L to R: Unknown lady, Denise Lang and Merrie Lee Soules
Merrie Lee Soules addresses the DPOC rally
Merrie Lee continuing her address to the group
State Senator David Soules addressing the group
I will say it was hot out there, but we had fun. A lot of car horns were honked in solidarity and I saw many "thumbs up" as people drove by. When I got home I went to the couch for the rest of the afternoon!

This is all I have to say for now.